Replacing the RAN's Harpoons

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Replacing the RAN's Harpoons

Postby MikeJames » 23 Apr 2021 00:07

Thales Australia and Lockheed Martin have just signed a deal to develop a surface launched version of Lockheed Martin’s AGM-158C Long Range Anti-Ship Missile, to be built in Australia as part of the Government's plan to develop a missile manufacturing capability here in Australia.

This would make the new missile, tentatively designated Long Range Anti-Ship Missile - Surface Launch, LRASM-SL (though I suspect the Government will come up with some suitable Aboriginal name) as the most likely contender to replace Harpoon.

The new missile would be either canister launched, same as Harpoon, or VLS launched from the Mk 41 VLS and is expected to have a range of 300-400 nautical miles

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Re: Replacing the RAN's Harpoons

Postby SlatsSSN » 23 Apr 2021 12:40

Would the canisters be the same dimensions as the current canister launched Harpoons? Is there a time frame for replacement and installation?
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Re: Replacing the RAN's Harpoons

Postby MikeJames » 23 Apr 2021 17:13

The agreement's only just been inked so no timeframe and no dimensions.

It can be fired from a Mk 41 VLS so its not that large
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